Immigration Justice Project (IJP) of San Diego


The mission of the IJP is to promote due process and access to justice at all levels of the immigration and appellate court system, through the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services for those in immigration proceedings in San Diego. The IJP serves both detained and non-detained individuals, and recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys and law students representing clients.

If you know someone who needs immigration assistance see Resources for the Public.

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Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities

The IJP relies on dedicated pro bono attorneys and volunteers.  We are always in need of:

  1. Volunteers to take on pro bono cases at both the immigration court and appellate levels.
  2. Law student interns to assist attorneys in screening clients, conducting legal and factual research and writing motions and briefs in support of ongoing court cases. 
  3. Translators who are able to conduct volunteer translation in any language.  We have frequent need for individuals who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Somali, Arabic and Creole.    
  4. Experienced immigration practitioners who are willing to train and mentor volunteer attorneys.

All Immigration Justice Project attorneys are provided with technical assistance, including sample materials, an experienced immigration attorney mentor, and are invited to attend all IJP trainings. 

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Knowles at or 619/699-2931.